Seems like an odd statement, to dedicate my life to joy with all things considered. Perhaps, though, that’s why it’s actually the perfect thing to do.
I made a start on this endeavour on Saturday 25th April 2020. My birthday on the 23rd had been more amazing than I could’ve wished for, considering I wasn’t at Alton Towers; I was at virtual Alton Towers instead. Of course, it makes perfect sense to want to continue that feeling of happiness.
I’ve known for nearly eighteen months about my power to make others happy just by being me. I do believe we all have a power, it’s just that some haven’t yet realised what theirs is. I’ve said about using mine in partnership with art for ages. Now, I’m going one step further. I’m not just making people happy through my art anymore: everything I do from now on will be in the pursuit of joy. This is through doing things that:
- Directly bring me joy;
- Directly bring others joy;
- Directly contribute to methods of producing joy.
Essentially, if it’s not directly making me or someone else happy, it must lead to it. Evidently, I’ve internalised the ethos of The Smiler as much as one can, I think. Teaching myself how to draw might be at times frustrating but it’s developing a skill I can then utilise that will eventually bring people joy. Similarly, cleaning might be mundane but it keeps my living space tidy and available to use for making joy. I call that particular example “protecting the magic”, which brings me onto the topic of magic.
At the beginning of this extended closed season (as I prefer to call it), I made the Magic Timetable, Alton Towers-themed to make teaching myself the arts a bit more enticing. Since deciding to devote my life to joy, I’ve found that such magical theming already fits within the remit. I’ve already said it: making people happy is my power. Therefore, if joy is my magic, the timetable is contributing to my method of making it.
I think we all need something to focus on in these times. Many of us are without work currently, which can often mean going without meaning. We must find meaning for our own sakes. After the battle I’ve had with my mental health over the last month, joy is exactly the kind of meaning I need to stamp on my depression. We all need to find our own thing to work on.
Merlin Entertainments – the company that owns Alton Towers – has a slogan, plastered on their careers pages: Love your work, work your magic.
In lieu of being at Alton Towers, I am working on my magic.